Custom Collaborative envisions a global women’s apparel industry in which garment makers are fairly compensated for their labor and consumers have access to well-made, sustainably sourced clothes that fit and affirm all bodies.
Custom Collaborative trains, mentors, and advocates for and with no/low-income and immigrant women to build the skills necessary to achieve economic success in the sustainable fashion industry and broader society.
We aim to achieve our mission of changing the apparel industry economics for low-income and immigrant women through:
100% are ambitious and talented
85% of our students are mothers.
80% of the participants live below the federal poverty level.
50% live in unstable housing.
Our participants come from 20+ nations, including the US.
Providing participants with opportunities to increase their economic standing while supporting the needs of local independent designers.
Our creations are made from 100% repurposed and upcycled textiles.
Awareness of environmental impact is at the core of our design instruction and product development.